Quilting for the Holidays
Gingerbread cookies have always been a favorite of mine. I love the ginger and molasses in them! When I learned there was an AccuQuilt die for them I had to make a fun and festive table runner!
- ½ yard of background fabric for background and for binding
- Fusible (6 x 8 inches)
- GO! Gingerbread Cookie 55862
- GO! Qube - 8” Corners 55785
- GO! Me or other GO! Cutter
- Fabric Scraps for gingerbread man and red details
- Tear Away Stabilizer (7 x 10 inches)
- Thread for stitching
- Rick rack for gingerbread man decoration and binding
- Glue Stick
- Backing fabric 12“ x 28”
- Batting 12” x 28”
- White chalk pencil
- Cut the following:
- 8 ½” x 16 ½” rectangle
- 16 red pieces using the 12.1 die from the Qube
- 16 background pieces using the 11.1 die from the Qube
- Put fusing on the back of your gingerbread cookie fabric and cut two gingerbread cookies
- Cut 2 ½” strips of the background fabric so you have a total of at least 75 inches.
2. Sew your 16 red pieces to your 16 white pieces.
3. Sew your pieces from step two to make TWO of each unit shown below. Press all the units to the right.
4. Sew the two units above together as shown below and then iron the seam open.
5. Sew the two units to the opposite ends of the 8 ½” x 16 ½” background piece
6. Place a ruler on top of the seam you just sewed at the 1 ½” mark. Center your gingerbread cookie on top and fuse it in place. Repeat on the opposite end.
7. Cut small pieces of white rick rack for the details on the gingerbread cookies. You will need 8 pieces. I used a glue stick to put the pieces of the rick rack in place. Then, I sewed them down using a straight stitch on my sewing machine. They will fray slightly as you are doing this.
8. Layer your table runner with the batting and backing.
9. Stitch eyes and a mouth on your gingerbread cookies. I used a white chalk pencil to mark where I wanted to place them.
10. Quilt your table runner as desired. You can see how I quilted mine below.
11. Pin the rick rack to the short ends of the table runner. Sew it down about ⅛” from the edge so that this seam will be inside the binding.
12. Sew your binding strips together and iron in half as usual. Trim the table runner around the edge. Sew on binding.
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Now, why not enjoy some delicious gingerbread cookies on your new table runner. Here's one of my favorite recipes for gingerbread cookies by Eldila from the Joy of Cooking.
¼ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup molasses
3 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup water
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Beat softened butter and sugar until creamy.
Beat in molasses.
Combine the dry ingredients.
Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture in three parts, alternating with the water.
On a floured surface, roll the dough to your preferred thickness (recipe makes 8-16 cookies).
Use cookie cutters to shape the cookies.
Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on thickness.
If desired, mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar with a few drops of water and food colouring to make icing, and decorate when cool.
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